Niasse still short of full fitness

03/04/2016  80 Comments  [Jump to last]

Roberto Martinez admits that it has taken Oumar Niasse longer than expected to adapt to his new surroundings following his arrival from Lokomotiv Moscow at the beginning of February.

The Senegal international had been out of action since early December before Everton signed him for £13.5m on transfer deadline day but it was anticipated that he would only need to three weeks to get back to a level where he could contribute to the Blues' season.

Since then he has overcome a wrist problem that required minor surgery and made four appearances off the substitutes' bench totalling around 30 minutes' worth of action. He played twice for his country over the recent international break, scoring once in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, but his club manager says that he has some way to go before he could be considered as reaching peak fitness.

“The adaptation period has been a little bit longer than we expected,” Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.

“Oumar came back with a little bit of a problem in his wrist and that set him back a little bit. From the work that he is doing, he is getting very close to being where he wants to be physically.

“He's a player who needs to be 100% in order to be himself. He would tell you that probably he feels around 50 to 60% of his physical ability.

“We have to be very, very protective in that respect, having the player in the dressing room and Finch Farm, working towards getting him to his best level.

“The quicker we get through the adaptation period then the quicker we will see the real Oumar Niasse.”  


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Dave Wilson
1 Posted 03/04/2016 at 02:11:44
Niasse is to football, what Martinez is as a manager. What a turkey for 13 and half million quid.
Gavin Johnson
2 Posted 03/04/2016 at 02:30:31
We signed Niasse in February. We are now in April. How long does he need to get to 100% if he's only at 50% fitness now?!

If we're lucky, at this rate Niasse will be making his 1st team start in a League Cup fixture next season. ;)

Gaute Lie
4 Posted 03/04/2016 at 02:41:54
I will be surprized if he's worth the money. He did not make the grade at Brann in Norway.
Bob Hannigan
5 Posted 03/04/2016 at 02:42:20
A problem with his wrist? Hey! This isn't NFL football, how important is a wrist in the PL?
Nicholas Ryan
6 Posted 03/04/2016 at 03:17:06
Apparently, he's Dennis Straqualursi, without the effort, the height or the sunny disposition!
Don Alexander
7 Posted 03/04/2016 at 03:27:37
Let's just say Niasse now has a huge amount to do, and it may not be his fault at all given the way of modern football, but, given Martinez' bullshit quotes, I'd just be grateful, despite the fee, if he ends up proving to be a professional striker at all once he or the Incredible One actually deigns him to be fit.

But Martinez is shit-hot re signings according to some of his (few) fans, isn't he? The entire spine of the relegated Wigan team for instance, McGeady, Gibson. Genius!

Hmmmm......

Niasse = Kone-lite....... if we're "lucky"?

Or, because I'm trying to be nice, just what is his previously undetectable gigantic wrist injury Roberto? Or, who in the medical team has been sacked for squandering £13 million'ish by authorising the signing of such an unfit player?

Or are you, by being totally unaccountable under BK, just the luckiest man in football at the cost of the club's fans?

Ron Marr
8 Posted 03/04/2016 at 03:38:47
What happened to the 60 training sessions and he'll be ready? It's like Martinez wipes the board clean every week and then comes out with a new pile of bullshit.

Darryl Ritchie
9 Posted 03/04/2016 at 03:46:09
I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt, but there's something very fishy here. A dodgy wrist could be a problem doing push-ups, swinging a bat or hitting a tennis ball, but it shouldn't be a problem getting fit to play football. This is taking far too long.
Phil Sammon
10 Posted 03/04/2016 at 03:54:01
"He's a player who needs to be 100% in order to be himself."

Really? The guy has been playing with strapping on his wrist for years judging by YouTube videos. He passes his Everton medical, signs for £13M and all of a sudden it becomes a problem.

Also, I know it's common 'football talk' but what the hell does '50 to 60% of his physical ability' actually mean?

100% - Fully fit
0% - Quadraspazzed on a life-glug

All the numbers in between are so meaningless and airy fairy.

50-60%??? Is that one week away from full fitness...or one month?

Peter Barry
11 Posted 03/04/2016 at 04:00:16
Of course the fitness of your 'wrist' is core to your ability to play football, eh, Roberto?
Gavin Johnson
12 Posted 03/04/2016 at 04:20:32
We have David Moyes to thank for signing Darren Gibson, Don.
Paul Columb
13 Posted 03/04/2016 at 04:56:43
Farhad Moshiri........please put an end to Martinez's media participation unless contractual per the Premier League and when such is the case, somewhat agreed upon in terms of content by the club's media relations folks. Embarrassing. Especially from a trained physio.

If he's not match fit by now, he's an anomaly of human physiology. If he's simply not up to par or deemed a useful cog in the gearbox for upcoming fixtures, just tell it as it is. If he's gash, send him out on loan and hope he'll show as a prospect. Just don't let him warm the bench for the remainder of the season. That could have be significant wages saved and a transfer fee put toward alternative plans.

I hope to see him show us his worth ASAP. Nothing to loose in the league. Why not 4-4-2 for a spell... partial respite for Lukaku and a bedding in. Any perhaps something to contemplate for the opposition who at this point have our tactics well and truly sussed.

Christopher Dover
14 Posted 03/04/2016 at 05:56:06
Getting him fit for next season when Lukaku has gone so he can be the lone striker.

This is Martinez's Everton, nothing will change, only which league we end up in.

Brian Porter
15 Posted 03/04/2016 at 06:01:40
And yet he was considered fit to play (and score) for his country in an important African Cup of Nations qualifier last week. Obviously Martinez's fitness standards (as we repeatedly see on match days) are so high that the poor lad just can't match up to them.

Just what the hell is going on? £13.5million down the tubes and I don't blame Niasse.

Christopher Dover
16 Posted 03/04/2016 at 06:42:48
Is it any wonder we do not know what to believe? He is deemed not fit enough 50-60% yet plays for his country. This is a player in an Everton team who most think are not fit to play 90 minutes due to their fitness.

Based on this, against a fully fit 90-minute player, he must be only around 40% fit, so why is it taking so long to get him up to Everton's low fitness standards.

The gobbledygook and rambling gets no better – is it any wonder we don't have a clue what goes on behind closed doors, only the the dross we see at home.

Christopher Dover
17 Posted 03/04/2016 at 06:49:17
I must apologise for my ramblings, I am not normally so anti or critical and am very mild-mannered, but I get so frustrated at this Everton team.

I go from anger to don't care as there is nothing I can do – it's like a bad dream, Groundhog Day the same nonsense spouted by Martinez with no hope of change.

I will now retire to a darkened room to await the day's game and will refrain from posting until I can say something upbeat and positive.

Neil Pickering
18 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:08:42
The thing I just don't get is the fact that absolutely no journos, local or otherwise, seem to ask Martinez any real searching questions, or offer any criticism of him. I don't like LVG but he got dogs abuse a few months back, and in my opinion he is presiding over an inferior squad, so why does Martinez just get off the hook time after time?

Do the journos go in there beforehand thinking 'Right, let's have him today' but then when he starts spouting absolute drivel do they just think 'No we can't say anything, this lad isn't well, and we can't pick on the afflicted'?

John Keating
19 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:10:21
What's the problem?

If he's only 50-60% fit then he should fit seamlessly into any Martinez team.

Anthony Millington
20 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:21:52
Does anyone trust Martinez to spend Moshiri's millions? I have a feeling he is going to keep signing more unproven players from abroad like this.

Niasse needs to be given some gametime this season as we will have to rely on him next season when/if Lukaku leaves and it would be stupid to throw him into the starting line up next season without him having any Premier League experience.

Ian Burns
21 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:32:30
More utter bullshit from this manager – can somebody please top this man's total disrespect for EFC fans' intellect!

Is this fitness factor an exponential line towards 100%? If so, is he not fit enough at 50% to play one half – or doesn't it work like that? Just thought I would try a little RM bullshit.

Lenny Kingman
22 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:34:01
When Martinez eventually leaves there will be an airport security long queue of puddings like this character soon following him out the door.
Christopher Jacobsen
23 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:34:04
What a genius Martinez is to put him on as second striker for the last 15 minutes against West Ham, with ten men, if he is still not fit to even sit on the bench. The new Krøldrup?
Duncan McDine
24 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:34:50
I might be wrong, but Niasse strikes me as the kind of player Newcastle would buy... That worries me. I'm sure he has plenty of good stuff in his locker, but is he the kind of guy you'd want leading the line for Everton? I'm fairly certain that if Roberto is given enough time, we'll end up like Newcastle... A group of characterless individuals.
Dave Lawley
25 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:47:46
Bullshit! whatever the reason he's not in the team its not because he's not fit. He's fit enough (and good enough) to play and score in full internationals last week! and he's been training since we bought him at the end of January, are we to believe players aren't fit to play after this? Only 50-60% fit? Bullshit, Bullshit, Bullshit.

My thoughts when we bought him were he was bought as a replacement for Rom because he can play the lone striker role since Martinez knew that Rom would be on his way after another season of not qualifying for Champions League.

Why Martinez is coming out with this is confusing; initially I thought there was maybe another issue à la Per Krøldrup, but the more I think about it, I think its just Martinez's Bullshit that only he seems to see/understand.

Phil Sammon
26 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:48:44
Duncan (#24),

EXACTLY what I said when we bought him. He reminds me of Sissoko. All legs, very little technique, dribbles like he's chasing the ball rather than having it under control.

Martinez is so big on players having Premier League experience... where on earth did this transfer come from?

Anyway, what's the point even discussing it. None of this even matters with Martinez in charge. We are a sinking ship.

Eddie Dunn
27 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:55:31
Could it be that in training they have realised that the lad isn't up to it? Now they dare not put him on the park for us all to see that £13 million has been wasted.
Les Martin
28 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:57:43
Rom summed it up well when he said he was "raw" and he obviously hasn't added any seasoning yet.

I am fascinated as to how this will run its course, and it could yet be the incident that topples Martinez and his lack of credibility. £13.5M spent on a duffer (I hope I am wrong and he turns out to be special) but somehow it all smells bad!

Allan Board
29 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:58:42
The unfittest team in the league under this muppet, this is no surprise! As for his wrist strapping, until that's gone our imperious coaches can't fit his "pass completion monitor" so he won't be allowed to play!!

The whole of football is laughing up Everton's back and I can see why. Perhaps someone can explain to me how on earth these bullshitters are still anywhere near a professional team?

Jeff Armstrong
30 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:04:49
Eddie (#27),

That does seem to be the case. Other posters on other threads have mentioned the rumours coming out of Finch Farm that the lad is a bag of shite!

Ian Smitham
31 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:12:33
Wrist injuries. Anyone else noticed what Vardy does at the end of each game?

Maybe Bobby Brownshoes was referring to himself having a wrist injury after some of his own physical activities.

Paul Conway
32 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:16:34
Eddie Dunn @ 27,

I am inclined to agree with you on that one. He got found out in training. If we have to wait till he gets fit, and be patient, just like with Kone for an end result, then I am definitely not looking forward to it.

Wrist, or no wrist, if he was useful, he would have had at least a half-hour here, a half-hour there... Look at Cahill and Costa, running around in masks.

What is Shani Tarashaj going to offer us next season? Will we be saying Tara Shani! after a few games???

Martin Nicholls
33 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:26:04
Big concern for me is that whilst not having been officially involved with Everton FC at the time, Moshiri was no doubt made aware that Martinez was about to spend £13.5million. The identity of the player involved may not have been a consideration – the fact that Martinez was allowed to proceed with the signing might suggest that Moshiri has been persuaded that Martinez is the man for the job. If so, a truly alarming prospect.
Steve Bingham
34 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:30:40
I'm speechless! ... When will this drivel end?
Jeff Armstrong
35 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:37:56
Moshiri had nothing to do with Everton when Niasse was signed, he sold his Arenal shares on the Monday and bought his Everton shares on the Friday, he would not have had one jot of influence on a transfer that happened 5 weeks before.
James Peter
36 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:38:25
I think Martinez knows he's under massive scrutiny from fans and new majority shareholder alike at the moment and probably know's he might made a potentially bum, expensive signing here. There's no way he's going to risk this guy bringing any more heat on himself this season unless he has to play him.

This will be done under the guise of 'short of fitness' 'adjusting to the Premier League' etc. I reckon he'll wait to see if he gets another term and try to bed him in then, failing that he'll be the next manager's problem

Geoff Williams
37 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:47:00
It has nothing to do with fitness, he is simply not good enough to make the grade. Was he a YouTube buy, a player not seen in the flesh?
Tony Abrahams
38 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:56:36
Obviously taking longer than expected to acclimatise. He played for his country, but he's not fit enough for club football?

If a player has been at training at a club for two months but is only 60% fit, well I just think it would be better to tell the truth sometimes Roberto!

Oliver Molloy
39 Posted 03/04/2016 at 10:11:52
I think the only positive from this (if this is more Martinez spin because he knows the guy is not worth the money) is... it will only help get rid of Martinez quicker!

Obviously I would like the player to be at least worth the money, but it's not looking good is it.

Dennis Stevens
40 Posted 03/04/2016 at 10:26:01
I'm not too arsed if he doesn't get much game time this season but, after having been here for a good few months & then having a full pre-season under his belt, I'd expect to see his real worth quite early next season.

However, I'm very sceptical of the merits of buying players from certain leagues & Russia is probably top of the list.

Matt Williams
41 Posted 03/04/2016 at 10:29:24
In a squad where barely any of them are fit enough to play for 90 minutes, Niasse must be a real lard arse.
Eddie Hayes
42 Posted 03/04/2016 at 10:34:40
Paul (#13),

Why do people keep saying that Martinez is a qualified physio when there is no evidence to support his claim?

Jim Bennings
43 Posted 03/04/2016 at 10:40:48
It's concerning reading that Niasse needs to be 100% fit...

How many players go out there truly 100% fit???

It's part a football that you get on with niggles and twinges, much like everyday life in general.

How many of us has gone to work not feeling 100%??

I'm a tad worried the lad's made of the same putty that Daniel Sturridge is.

Conor Skelly
44 Posted 03/04/2016 at 11:11:11
Martinez made a mistake in signing him. He took a gamble on the player based on recent form. He then see's him close up in training and realizes he made a huge mistake and is doing what he can to sweep that mistake under the carpet. If it's the final nail in his coffin at the boards end of season review then maybe it is money well spent in the long run.

People praise Martinez in the transfer market but you can only give credit to somebody based on the obscure signings. Barry, Lukaku, Cleverley & Lennon were obvious quality that anybody with half decent football knowledge would have been aware of. McCarthy, Joel & Kone he knew from Wigan. Gerry appeared like a clever signing to us but he's a fellow Catalonian which is like a Scouse manager knowing about Ross Barkley.

Kevin Tully
45 Posted 03/04/2016 at 11:33:51
This thread perfectly epitomises TWeb. Conjecture & supposition presented as fact, and a player judged after 20 minutes in a new League, with teammates he has spent 5 minutes with. Give your heads a wobble, and give this lad a chance.

It seems some of you actually want this lad to be a failure so you can give it to Martinez some more. I couldn't care less if Martinez goes tomorrow, but I do hope £13.5m hasn't been wasted. Any player deserves at run in a winning side to see what he's made of. Those of you who want to judge him after a couple of substitute appearances are not being at all fair to the lad.

Even if you intensely dislike the manager, support the team & the players. Otherwise, what's the point?

Trevor Peers
46 Posted 03/04/2016 at 11:37:48
Even Roberto won't give him a chance, that says it all. He'll go the same way as McGeady, never getting a look-in but costing us a fortune in wages.
Brian Harrison
47 Posted 03/04/2016 at 11:49:15
Like the rest of us, we haven't seen enough of him to make a fair judgement. What I think we can expect is that the coaches would in nearly 3 months have had him fit to play. I mean players come back 6 weeks before a new season and are fit and ready to go.

I worry when managers buy players without having seen them play. I don't remember any reports saying Martinez was in Russia on a scouting mission in the last 6 months.

Surely you don't spend £13 + million on someone you have never seen in the flesh.

Oliver Molloy
48 Posted 03/04/2016 at 11:58:33
Kevin,

Should we pay ££13 million for player that is 50 to 60 % fit?

Now, I'm with you, and I hope the money is not wasted, time will tell.

I can accept a player taking a little time to adapt, but what is all this not being fit all about?

Martinez speaks so much rubbish, a lot of us don't believe whatever he says anymore – everything is a smokescreen for his failings – well that's the way he has made me think about him anyway.

Trevor Peers
49 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:01:39
The real issue here is we badly need an outlet on the left wing, we have done since Pienaar got injured or too old. Roberto had been using Kone and a host of others in that position to little effect.

So this was the manager's chance to redeem himself and buy well in a vital position, the lad should of hit the ground running. How BK can call him a fantastic manager is laughable.

Michael Ward
50 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:06:07
I would rather we sign the lad now and let him acclimatise before next season. It makes a change from signing a player on deadline day four games into the season as we usually do. If the lad plays a bit this year it's a bonus. I think he was signed as pre planning for Rom going, he is not going to get in the team ahead of Rom at the moment and probably needs to get up to speed in terms of what is expected from him tactically to play LM or somewhere.

Better for him to be closer to full fitness than throw him in when he isn't ready and ruin his confidence. I have faith Martinez signings have ALL been decent value. I include the failed signings of McGeady, Alcaraz and (increasingly) Kone in that. £6m for a striker is nothing nowadays. We sold a 29 year old Naismith for £9m and used the proceeds plus another £4.5m to buy a 25 year old Russian player of the year. The main attribute I have heard put to both of them is hard work, Niasse is also meant to be v quick (In my mind I think of him as the African Jamie Vardy). How much game time was Naismith getting?

Jim Bennings
51 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:09:52
You know your always taking a risk bring in lads who have never experienced playing in the English Premier League especially from slightly less competitive quality leagues.

Unless you know you are buying absoloute class like an Aguero or Suarez type player.

With others you can get lucky or unlucky, for every rangy gangly performer but has a touch of class like a Kanu in his Arsenal day's, there will be a headless chicken with nothing to offer like a Bakayoko.

Niasse to me, what I've seen and the reports I've read isn't like a cool casual classy Kanu or even the ice cool Yakubu, I've heard and seen Niasse is more about running but not a particularly good touch and he looks well, a bit clumsy from what I've seen.

Time will tell, I don't expect even next season regardless of where Rom is that Niasse will be first choice.

If you have got big money to spend on a striker you have got to go out and make it priority number one that you bring in a prolific goalscorer that can offer several strings to the teams bow.

Tony Hogan
52 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:11:14
In the meantime, the man he was supposed to replace was Man of the Match and a scorer for Norwich. Another great piece of business from this phenomenal manager.

Geoff Williams
53 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:23:05
Martinez also signed the 6'9" striker on loan who wasn't fit and who managed only a few minutes of football in five months.
Phil Walling
54 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:36:31
Kevin, I don't really think that Niasse is 'being judged' on his 20 minutes 'on the field' but rather by his lack of minutes over more than two months.

Martinez seems to have a pension for signing crocks who, for very spurious reasons, don't appear for weeks on end and then when they do, largely disappoint.

But, for all our sakes, the guy must come good as replacing Romelu will be a challenging task for anyone in the future seasons.

Liam Reilly
55 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:53:38
For all his failings as a Manager; recruitment hasn't been one. Martinez has mostly done well with his signings.

I for one am willing to postpone judgement on this guy until after he's been given a run in the side.

Chris Gould
56 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:56:56
Martinez did exactly the same thing with Besic and Deulofeu. If they haven't had previous Premier League experience he brings them along slowly. He would have done the same with Funes Mori if Stones's form hadn't come under so much scrutiny.

It's definitely too early to write him off as useless or a crock.

Colin Glassar
57 Posted 03/04/2016 at 13:03:15
I agree with Liam and Chris, no one has really seen Niasse in full flight and fully fit. He might be good, he might not be but let's give him the benefit of the doubt.

Salomon Rondon (WBA) also struggled to find his feet after he arrived from Russia but he's starting to score on a regular basis for a poor WBA team.

Raymond Fox
58 Posted 03/04/2016 at 13:09:37
Hell fire, I have to agree with Kevin, why do fans state their opinions as if they're facts!

It's the same day after day, the effing moaning and moaning. It doesn't matter what the thread was meant to be about, it always ends up Martinez is crap, Martinez is a clown etc etc.

Give it a rest.

Zahir Jaffer
59 Posted 03/04/2016 at 13:56:10
I don't think we could get any decent strikers who would be willing to warm the bench if anything ever happened to Lukaku. That's all I really see him doing in the near future unless Rom gets injured. Kind of a safety precaution, nothing more, nothing less.

The problem was over paying for him. That was Terrible business in my eyes. His value is probably £8-9 million, especially with his "injury". Once you start looking at him as an £8-9m striker you won't be as disgruntled.

I'm just hoping he can play on the left but with his lack of stamina and ability to track back he's probably 3rd string. Playing second fiddle to Oviedo and Cleverley.

He won't be able to play the lone striker in this league I can guarantee you that much. If Martinez wants to opt for two upfront then he seems viable for that role. However I don't believe he can start a game alone upfront.

He has more pace than Kone but Kone's link up play, control and positioning is far superior than Niasse's. That's sad considering Kone is rated as a Championship player.

Here's to me hoping he can adapt to the league be more versatile and become a world beater.

Sometimes you don't really need skill, sometimes it's just instinct that can get you goals. I would have taken Chichorito in a heartbeat over Niasse. Roughly the same price. So I'm hoping what Niasse lacks in skill, he makes up for having some intuition for the game and makes some super sub appearances.

Paul Holmes
60 Posted 03/04/2016 at 14:43:21
To all our posters on ToffeeWeb regarding our new signing Oumar Niasse:

What you are forgetting to mention in all these rumours about the lad's lack of ability in so-called training sessions, and Rom calling him raw, is that he plays for his country Senegal and he was named Russian Player of the Year 2015!

Ffs, give the lad a chance until he has a decent run out.

James Stewart
61 Posted 03/04/2016 at 15:22:43
Vardy has been playing with a bum wrist all season, just saying.
Paul Conway
62 Posted 03/04/2016 at 16:05:53
Martinez's job was to bring in someone in January to help turn around our season. If it's true that he is unfit then why not find a special program, whereby he can improve his fitness? Why not send him to train at high altitude, in another country?

If we can spend dosh on beds at Finch Farm for unfit players, then surely we can spend money on a special training program for a £13.5 million player, who is still earning his wages!!!!!

We are desperate. and desperation and patience do not go together.

Barry McNally
63 Posted 03/04/2016 at 17:19:40
It will be like having a new signing when he's eventually fit!
Brian Williams
64 Posted 03/04/2016 at 18:00:59
Short of more than just fitness, unfortunately!
Jim Bennings
65 Posted 03/04/2016 at 19:29:48
Yeah Barry, a shit new signing.

Maybe it's a blessing we haven't seen too much of Niasse yet to save the lad from more Bakayoko style flack.

He looks like a footballer that is still learning how to control a football let alone acclimatise to the flipping league.

Frankly if he's leading the line next season then, I feel rather silly this season mocking the Geordies and Villa.

Ian McDowell
66 Posted 03/04/2016 at 19:32:17
Unbelievable that we sold Naismith and failed to replace him. I'd have had Naismith in ahead of Barkley for the last few games.
Gavin Johnson
67 Posted 03/04/2016 at 19:33:46
Jim, you've gone off Niasse now then. You were buzzing about the lad when we initially bought him.

Jim Bennings
68 Posted 03/04/2016 at 19:43:23
I own up Gavin

I was YouTubed into a false sense of security.

Same with Martinez, to think I beat the drum for his appointment, I hang my head in utter shame, I should be ashamed to show my face.

Now though, like our players, I've been totally Martinized.

Gavin Johnson
69 Posted 03/04/2016 at 19:47:47
Jim, I don't think Niasse looked that bad today. I've not totally given up on him but he's got a mountain to climb to justify £13.5m.

As for Martinez, you and me both mate.

Barry Jones
70 Posted 03/04/2016 at 21:03:48
If we talking about the fitness of his wrist then someone is definitely jerking us...........
Tim Locke
71 Posted 03/04/2016 at 23:39:15
Nice to see classic ToffeeWebers back in action. Same rubbished spouted out about lLukaku last season; even part of this. Same rubbished said when Funes Mori arrived. People slagging Cleverley signing off.

This guy has played 30 mins of football, let's at least give him a full game before we draw the knives.

As for the price tag, I bet you I can name more rubbished stickers costing over £13.5M than you can name under £13.5 who are good. Good being scores more than 20 a season, consistently. Starter for 10:

Carroll
Torres
Balotelli
Osvaldo

Jack Cross
72 Posted 04/04/2016 at 01:29:03
Colin 57.

Yes, I agree; let's wait until Niasse is 100% fit (whatever that means to him) and give a call on his game then.

None of his 5- or 15-minute introductions has anything to do with the dross games so far.

Martin Faulkner
73 Posted 04/04/2016 at 04:19:09
Tim:
Soldado
Shevchenko
Roque Santa Cruz


Again Carroll (Twice)

Brian Wilkinson
74 Posted 04/04/2016 at 06:43:45
Putting the guy on 3 mins from time, week-in & week-out, is really going to get his fitness level up.

How the sweet Mary and Joseph can a player get match fit sat on a bench???

Anton Garvey
75 Posted 04/04/2016 at 12:35:02
Niasse is this a tax dodge, someone is tilling porkies. The fittest man, the fastest man a fighter who recoremended him, he should be shot whoever he is, along with Martinez. Mind you Martinez would probably bullshit his way out.
Paul Kossoff
76 Posted 04/04/2016 at 16:17:18
What is Martinez referring to in saying 'adaption period?'

Are we using a different shaped ball in the Premier League than in Russia? Maybe we have different gravity, or the air is thinner here which means Niasse can't breath at 100% yet.

Martinez used similar excuses for Kone as to why he wasn't ready. I fear we have bought another dud.

Paul Kossoff
77 Posted 04/04/2016 at 16:52:37
Kevin 45, Niasse has been here 'THREE' months, not five minutes. He is on God knows what wages, and as far as I see picking them up under false pretences.

Surely Niasse can see the Everton backroom staff are incompotent as far as getting him fit, in which case don't you think he could pay an ex athlete to help get his fitness levels up?

You shouldn't be criticising Evertonians for voicing there concerns over Niasse and Martinez.

Paying 㾹 million for a player who three months later is still not fit to play is a joke.
Paul Birmingham
79 Posted 05/04/2016 at 09:13:27
Was Niasse bought based on YouTube clips? It's another classic, when we buy a so-called mature proven striker on what looks like hearsay, and it would be useful to know how many times he was scouted and was it only in Russia? Looks like we are down to car boot sales tactics.

It sums the current plight, we have no back up if Rom, as I suspect, gets injured very soon. I hope I'm wrong, but we have no other outlet to score bar a few Barkley efforts, as the players have been coached to not shoot at all costs from 25 yards or 8 yards.

Troy Deaney and Co will be preparing their launch tactics on us; will we learn from West Ham at home?

Jimmy S�rheim
80 Posted 05/04/2016 at 21:20:46
The little I have seen of him has convinced me he is a total waste of money.

John Wilson
81 Posted 06/04/2016 at 11:32:12
What we need is a Manager!

We've got to protect Moshiri's Money from this wastrel. Niasse is just the start of incompetent strikers we'll be getting, when it's apparent what we need is a worldclass defenders, like the beast Caner Erkin from Fenerbahçe and a new manager. Cholo Simeone will do nicely, he'll build a team of fighters we can all proud of.

Eugene Ruane
82 Posted 06/04/2016 at 11:51:31
John (81) - 'What we need is a Manager!
We've got to protect Moshiri"s Money from this wastrel'

(weeps) Yeah think about the children and..fellers with over a fucking billion.

Yes I'm being sarcastic but how exactly do 'we' protect Moshiri's money?

Moshiri, in all but name, owns Everton FC and has the financial clout and/or shares (ie: power) to fuck the lot of them off.

And if he hasn't and has spent tens of millions to have no say, he deserves fleecing.

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